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Argentosoma: Volume 1 (+ limited edition artbox)

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This 2000 TV series borrows heavily from Evangelion, Frankenstein, and The Iron Giant. Takuto, a brilliant college student, follows his girlfriend Maki to the secret lab where her professor is resurrecting an alien cyborg. When the military interferes, the cyborg strikes out, killing Maki and injuring Takuto. A mysterious man who quotes bits of Western literature arranges a new life for the badly disfigured Takuto, who swears to avenge Maki's death. As Lt. Ryu Soma, he joins Funeral, an elite army unit dedicated to destroying the alien robots that are attacking the Earth. The cyborg befriends the strange girl Harriet, who refers to him as an elf. Taciturn and brusque, Ryo is not a prepossessing hero; despite his suffering, he lacks the vulnerability that balances Shinji's alienation in Evangelion. However, American otaku will enjoy the unusual mecha designs and the well-staged battles scenes. (Rated 13 and older: violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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2.0 out of 5 stars A TAD TOO MUCH STRANGENESS June 21 2004
By Sesho
Ok, see if this sounds familiar. In the future there was a first impact caused by a alien which started a war in which these giant weird sounding weird looking robots/aliens come down one by one for no apparent reason and this one task force sends out equally big mecha based on the alien technology they don't really understand to combat them. Hmmmmm.....Neon Genesis??? Unfortunately, I am describing Argentosoma, which is such a mishmash of such disparate stories as King Kong, Battle of the Planets, Frankenstein, Moby Dick, and Evangelion that it really has no hope of being a unique expression of art.
At the beginning of the first episode an alien is blown up by the Earth defenses but reassembled and reactivated by a scientist. First mistake...do not reassemble a hostile alien!!
In the process the alien, called "Frank" (oh, the irony) kills everyone at the research facility....except Takuto Kaneshiro, a college student who had shown up there looking for his girlfriend, who worked with the scientist. After Frank leaves the compound, he meets a young girl, Harriet, and surprisingly becomes her protector, saving her life from another alien who had arrived on the scene. FUNERAL, the anti-alien taskforce decides that the girl might just be useful after all. The physically scarred Takuto is meanwhile being rehabilitated by a slightly psycho doctor with his own agenda. Takuto vows to kill Frank and the doctor gives him a new identity, Lt.Ryu Soma, in order to infiltrate FUNERAL and get close enough to take his revenge.
This series is just a little too goofy and derivative to me. The scarred Ryu looks like a dumb Two-Face. What's with the names too? I mean, really, FUNERAL?? When the mecha start fighting with each other, you could just put in Evangelion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mecha!! April 5 2004
I think that despite some of it's similarities with past mecha series, this series is truely remarkable. The fact that it is probably going to remind alot of anime fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion still remains, however there are many differences between the two series.
The storyline is centered around an ongoing battle between Aliens and Humanity. The heavily Military influenced Galactic University has taken parts from the aliens to develop the earths counter-weapon. The funny thing is that our the earth's counter weapon is sort of a Frankenstien made up of recovered alien parts. When the experiments to wake up this re-developed alien (later to be known as "Frank" or the Extra 1) go terribly wrong the our main character, Takuto Kaneshiro, of the series looses someone very close to him, Maki Agata who was invloved with this experiment.
Takuto Kaneshiro, later to be known as Lieutenant Ryu Soma, decides to join an organization called Funeral where the Extra 1 or Frank has been taken to battle the aliens. The series revolves around Ryu Soma and his hatred towards the Extra 1 for taking Maki's life. At the funeral base the other key characters are introduced as a plot begins to develop.
I have watched this whole series and I have to say that once you get through the first couple volumes of the series, the story get much better. Trust me, the whole series is not as borring as the first couple episodes of this series may seem. There is actually more to the plot than just a silly little Frankenstien take on a Mecha series.
Other recomendations:
RahXephon, Vandread, Escaflowne, and the ever soooo popular Neon Genesis Evangelion (If you havn't seen it yet but who hasn't seen Evangelion!!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein... with mecha and aliens... July 6 2003
I suppose the older I get the more I appreciate a slower-paced story. I like to discover characters and motivations over time. I enjoy stories that unfold over the full length of a show's run rather than dump the entire plot on me in the first two episodes and then all there is left to do is watch it unfold in the already known and predictable way... Thankfully, ARGENTOSOMA doesn't do that - yet I'm not lost either. There is mystery and confusion and loose ends, but then, there's supposed to be at this point in the story... Of course, I've only viewed the first three disks... so I'm hoping they wrap everything up by series end, but so far I'm hooked.
The mecha designs are kind of oddly unfinished-looking for the humans... variations of the alien technology, but modified to assuage civilian fears... The style not stellar, but at least interesting. I actually think the mecha take a back seat in this show. Of far more interest are the alien invaders and their motivations... who are they... and why did they come in the first place if not precisely to conquer?
I've heard plenty of sneering comparisons that paint every alien-invasion-mecha-suit show that comes along as a pale copy of Evangelion and frankly I'm tired of it. They're all just modernizations of scientifically-enhanced group stories anyway. (Go watch the 70's Gatchaman again and tell me I'm wrong...) It's a GENRE now people... get over it!
That said... I try to take each series on it's own - as long as it brings something interesting to the table. Argentosoma intrigues me because it's a twist on the venerable Frankenstein tale and they've given us a 'hero' who isn't just confused or reluctant... he's actively vengeful - perhaps to the detriment of the world's survival...
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4.0 out of 5 stars this one has potential!
Unlike Shinji, Takuto/Ryo is quite unusual--am I suppose to root for him, or jeer him? I say this because even after changing nto the not so pleasant Ryo, he keeps having... Read more
Published on March 3 2003 by James L. Hendricks Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New, Something Old
For just a few minutes in the early stages of this recent release you are going to think that you have wandered into an Evangelion clone. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by Marc Ruby™
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Although the story is a bit slow, Argentosoma is still worth watching... The music is fantastic, especially the beginning theme.... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003 by "android00"
5.0 out of 5 stars Character over giant robots
Though its allusions to Neon Genesis Evangelion are somewhat agonizing, Argento Soma's primary focus is on their characters and the interactions between them. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by "black_marth"
4.0 out of 5 stars Cant say much yet
I saw the first episode and all I can say is that it seemed to remind me a bit like Evangelion.... I have high hopes for this show though, as I've read alot about it. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by David Nakamura
5.0 out of 5 stars Human relations and regret
Argentosoma has many surprise endings. Therefore, it is rare to be able to introduce at present.
However, the wonderful story of the final stage will impress all men. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by "yoichiml"
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